News from Home ★★★★½

Wrote a bit about this when I first saw it a couple months ago. Before today, I didn't know Akerman had made a version where she reads her mother's letters in English rather than French. To my Anglophone ears, that language swap radically changes the audio/image relationship. Now, instead of getting the text of the letters via subtitles integrated into the frame, I'm hearing them amid the cacophony of the film's street scenes. (Seeing it in a theater this time, I jumped when the long cruise down 10th Avenue gave way to a roaring subway.) In any language, though, News from Home is still a dead-on representation of what it's like to be separated from family.

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